Bucs' Willingham, Murrell Earn TBR All-State Baseball Honors

Boyd-Buchanan Standouts Members Of Second Team

Friday, July 4, 2014 - by Larry Fleming

Boyd-Buchanan pitcher Brandon Willingham and second baseman Nathan Murrell have earned second-team spots on the Tennessee Baseball Report All-State baseball team.

Willingham, a rising junior, and Murrell, who in early June signed a baseball scholarship with Lee University, led the Bucs to a 29-11 record and a spot in the Class A state tournament. The Bucs finished fifth in the final TBR Class A poll.

“Both players are very deserving of this honor,” Boyd-Buchanan coach Josh Rider said Friday. “Nathan had a great season and career for us. And I think Brandon can only get better as he gets into workout programs and becomes stronger. He’s going to be pretty dominant on the mound for the next two years. The sky is the limit for him.”

Willingham went 10-0 as a sophomore and recorded 84 strikeouts in 62.2 innings while posting a 1.56 ERA. The 10 wins, 84 strikeouts and 17 in a no-hit effort against Copper Basin during the regular season were all school records.

The hard-throwing right-hander has been playing summer ball with the 16-under Tennessee Twisters and helped that team to a 21-6 record. He will pitch one game this weekend with the 17-under team. He was 5-1 with a 1.7 ERA with the 16-under Twisters and had three saves coming out of the bullpen.

“I started quite a bit and did a lot of middle relief, coming in several times in the third inning when guys might have been struggling,” Willingham said. “I benefitted a lot from all that work in tournament where a lot of scouts were watching games.

“In summer ball you get a lot of competition against really good players your own age from all over the country.

As for the all-state honor, Willingham said, “It means a lot to me. I’m still young and really wasn’t expecting anything like this when the season ended. It feels good to be on the team along with Nathan and some other really good players.”

Willingham was also named to the TBR All-Region Freshman/Sophomore Team, along with teammates Cade Evans, Colby Morgan, Seth Rogers and E.J. Matthews.

Murrell batted .427 this season, including going 4-for-11 with four RBIs in three state tournament games and collected 53 hits – second on the school’s all-time list – and set a school mark with 52 RBIs.

At the team’s postseason banquet Murrell shared two top honors – Most Valuable Player with Jim Cardwell and Offensive Player of the Year with Evans.

“I’ve always worked hard and getting this all-star honor proves that hard work does pay off,” said Murrell, who played summer ball with the Dalton (Ga.) Tigers. “I’m going to miss being at Boyd-Buchanan, but I’m looking forward to playing at Cleveland State.”

2014 Tennessee Baseball Report All-State Team

First Team

Position

Player Name

School

Pitcher

Justus Sheffield

Tullahoma

Pitcher

Logan Gentry

Dobyns-Bennett

Pitcher

Donny Everrett

Clarksville

Pitcher

Alex Hicks

Collierville

Pitcher

Patrick Raby

Farragut

Pitcher

Paxton Stover

Dyer County

First Base

Chase Chambers

Farragut

Second Base

Tyler Brown

Dyer County

Short Stop

Hunter Tackett

Anderson County

Third Base

Juwan Burney

Arlington

IF

Kyle Ouelette

Science Hill

IF

Trey Cabbage

Grainger

IF

Darek Sargent

Central Magnet

Outfield

Jared Schmidt

Houston

Outfield

Bryce Denton

Ravenwood

Outfield

Lane Thomas

Bearden

Outfield

Zane Britton

North Greene

Outfield

Carter Wiseman

Goodpasture

2 Way

Connor Alexander

Tipton-Rosemark Academy

2 Way

Zack Finchum

Greeneville

2 Way

Matt Poteete

Jackson Christian

2 Way

James Paisley

Cookeville

Catcher

Nico Mascia

Farragut

Catcher

Sy Taylor

Lipscomb Academy




 

                               Second Team

 

Position

Player Name

School

Pitcher

Matt Williams

Oneida

Pitcher

Brandon Willingham

Boyd Buchanan

Pitcher

Micah Kaczor

Ravenwood

Pitcher

Hayden Crowe

Jackson Christian

Pitcher

Skyler Harrison

Halls

First Base

Chase Frye

Warren County

First Base

Kyle Hubbuch

Wilson Central

Second Base

Damon Grubb

Rockwood

Second Base

Brandon Montgomery

Collierville

Short Stop

Nathan Murrell

Boyd Buchanan

Short Stop

Logan Blackfan

Houston

Third Base

Christian Bailey

Dobyns-Bennett

Third Base

Curt Hoppe

Mt. Juliet

Outfield

Ayrton Shafer

Houston

Outfield

Collie Currie

North Side

Outfield

Corey Johnson

White House

Outfield

Dusty Meador

Watertown

Outfield

Tyler Atwood

Gordonsville

Outfield

McKenzie Jackson

Central Magnet

Outfield

Aaron Powers

Oakdale

Outfield

DeAires Moses

East Nashville

Outfield

Lucas Riddick

Dyersburg

Catcher

Nick Hutchins

Franklin

Catcher

Marshall Gei

Mt. Juliet

Catcher

Cameron Clabough

Daniel Boone

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @larryfleming44)





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